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White House Turns Tables on Former American POWs
By David G. Savage
The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday 15 February 2005
Gulf War pilots tortured by Iraqis fight the Bush administration in trying to collect compensation.
WASHINGTON - The latest chapter in the legal history of torture is being written by American pilots who were beaten and abused by Iraqis during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. And it has taken a strange twist.
The Bush administration is fighting the former prisoners of war in court, trying to prevent them from collecting nearly $1 billion from Iraq that a federal judge awarded them as compensation for their torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein's regime.
The rationale: Today's Iraqis are good guys, and they need the money.
The case abounds with ironies. It pits the U.S. government squarely against its own war heroes and the Geneva Convention.
Many of the pilots were tortured in the same Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, where American soldiers abused Iraqis 15 months ago. Those Iraqi victims, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said, deserve compensation from the United States.
But the American victims of Iraqi torturers are not entitled to similar payments from Iraq, the U.S. government says.
Originally posted by alternateheaven
I guess it will be OK for lawyers to stall in other cases till owners of companies, elected officials and such leave office and negate any outstanding obligations.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Please explain why the people of iraq are responsible for sadaams crimes?
Originally posted by boogyman
The same reason that the people of Germany were responsible for the crimes of Hitler.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
How f-ed up is that?